Hunger strike man: Utah Governor ‘did the right thing’ by ceasing to recognise same-sex marriages

Joseph McCormick January 9, 2014
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A man in the US state of Utah who went on hunger strike during the period in which gay couples were able to marry in the state has said the Governor has “done the right thing” by saying same-sex marriages conducted in that period will not be recognised by the state.

Gay couples who married in the US state of Utah in the short period between two court rulings during which same-sex marriage was available, will not be considered married until at least an appeal against the ruling is considered.

The US Supreme Court on Monday put a stay on equal marriage in the US state of Utah, forbidding same-sex couples from being issued with marriage licences in the state during an appeal against a ruling to allow them.

Trestin Meacham, a Mormon from Utah, who is the head of a soverieign state in which Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups can be used as currency, went on hunger strike for two weeks during that period, and only began to eat again following Monday’s Ruling.

Today he tweeted to say he agreed with the decision by the Governor.

The state may again begin to recognise the marriages of the over 1,300 couples who married between 20 December and 6 January, if the ruling by the lower court is upheld by the US Supreme Court.

The Court has set a late-February deadline for its decision.

Meacham is the head of sovereign nation Kherutistan, set up in the US, which notes a plot of land on the sea-bed of the Pacific Ocean as its territory. It does not have a specific currency, but which its website notes that it allows Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups as part of trade.

It also encourages all citizens to be heavily armed.

After Meacham announced that he hunger striking, a group was set up by supporters of equal marriage, to send him pictures of really delicious-looking food.

Yesterday he said that he went on the strike because “everyone needs a hobby”.

More: equal marriage, gay marriage, same sex marriage, trestin meacham, US, Utah

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